The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has officially handed over the list of designated Members of Parliament (MPs) to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and the Secretary of Parliament.
Chairperson of the IEC, Advocate Pansy Tlakula, presented the list at a ceremony at the Constitutional Court on Friday.
The handover of the list paves the way for the swearing in of MPs and the election of the President next Wednesday.
According to the Constitution, the Chief Justice convenes the first sitting of the National Assembly after a general election, and presides over the election of the President and the Speaker of Parliament.
He also presides over the election of the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), which will take place next Thursday.
The oldest candidate on the MPs’ list is 85 years old, while the youngest is 22 years from the Limpopo provincial legislature.
The average age is 50, according to Tlakula. With regards to gender representation, 42% of the MPs are women, while 58% are men.
Addressing the ceremony, Tlakula said the representatives are expected to serve all the interests of South Africans, even those who did not vote for them.
“We hope that you will serve South Africa with pride, honour, integrity and humility,” she said.
Receiving the list, Mogoeng reminded the MPs that their work was not about the fame, designer suits and photo opportunities, but rather the responsibilities that come with holding office.
“It is a very important pre-condition for the assumption of office, particularly in the higher echelons of all three branches of